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County to honour Cork Lord Mayor

A special tribute to the Lord Mayor of Cork, Mary Shields, will take place on Tuesday at Roscommon County Council’s offices, Courthouse, Roscommon. She will attend a function at 2 pm and receive a presentation from Cllr. John Cummins, the Cathaoirleach of the council.

  Earlier in the day, Lord Mayor Shields (formerly Rhattigan), who hails from Scramogue, near Strokestown, will visit a local Ballyfeeney National School. She will also visit Castlecoote village, as a guest of Senator Terry Leyden and family. She will end her day in Scramogue, where she will be warmly welcomed by the local community.

  Cllr. Eugene Murphy, a family friend and Scramogue native, said the community were looking forward to the Lord Mayor’s visit. He added: “She has never lost contact with her local community and we are so proud of her achievements in becoming Cork city’s first citizen last year. Tuesday will be a very special day for our locality.”

Rosalie row...

Ministers, councillors told to step down 

Health Minister Leo Varadkar and Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch were urged to resign during a heated discussion on the county’s health services at Monday’s meeting of Roscommon County Council in Boyle. 

  Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice (Fianna Fáil), who called for ministerial heads to ‘roll’, also called for Fine Gael councillors John Naughten, Maura Hopkins and Michael Creaton to quit Fine Gael if the Rosalie Unit at Áras Naomh Chaolain, Castlerea, closes down.

  The Castlerea man’s call came during a debate on the planned closure of the unit, which caters for those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. 

  Speaking directly to the trio, he said: “Will you withdraw from Fine Gael if the Rosalie Unit closes?”


Straight Talking with Seamus Duke

Fr Donal and the Gravy Train

I was glad that to hear Fr Donal Morris (who is now based in Boyle) on RTE Radio airing his displeasure on the question of political pensions and the gravy train which continues to roll on earlier this week.

  I have been complaining about this for over five years here in this column so I am glad to see that I have at least a few allies now and then! 

  There are many people (myself included) who do not have a pension of any description. What little there was in the pot


Im glad you asked me that Political Briefs, Insights Musings

Revealed! Spoof British Legion letter on Feighan poppy 

Paul Healy 

Roscommon TD Frank Feighan’s  much-publicised decision to wear a Poppy in the Dail last week – the first TD to wear a Poppy in ‘The House’ in twenty years – had an interesting sequel.   

  In the middle of last week there were reports that EVERY member of the Oireachtas had received correspondence on the Feighan issue from no less distinguished a body than….The Royal British Legion. 

  Intrigued, this column spoke to a number of Oireachtas members, all of whom confirmed receipt of the correspondence. 

  Of course we


HAC will run own candidate next time

Speculation in political circles that the HAC might support Independent Deputy Denis Naughten in the next General Election would appear to be off the mark. 

  HAC Chairperson John McDermott told the Roscommon People on Wednesday that if there is no change on the Roscommon Hospital situation the HAC will run its own candidates in the local and national elections. 

  Meanwhile the HAC will stage a protest at the Hodson Bay Hotel next Tuesday when the Minister for Small Business, John Perry, attends a seminar there. Taoiseach Enda Kenny had been scheduled to attend, but won’t be doing so


Grant scheme for upgrading septic tanks welcomed

Local Government TD Frank Feighan has welcomed Environment Minister Phil Hogan’s announcement of a significant grant scheme for domestic septic tanks requiring upgrades.

  “Grants of up to €4,000 will be made available to people whose septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems are found be in need of remedial work following inspection. This will help lower income households to carry out any upgrade that may be required to ensure that the ground water in that area is protected.

  “Grants which cover 80% of the cost of the works, up to a maximum of €4,000, will be


Savage attack by dogs: Up to fifty sheep dead

A devastated Castlerea farmer says his livelihood has been put at risk after a a brutal attack by dogs left about fifty sheep dead and dozens more badly injured. 

  The grim discovery was made last Saturday morning by farmer Tommy Winston on lands he has rented at Cloonunra, which is located about three miles from Ballinlough village. The attack has been a dreadful setback at the start of a New Year for Tommy, his wife Marian and the couple’s two children.  

  The attack, believed to have been carried out by about six dogs, was a particularly devastating


Army personnel from Roscommon spend Christmas in Lebanon

A number of Roscommon men in the Irish Army spent Christmas serving in Lebanon –including Cpl. Shane Mulryan, CS Tony Macklin, Private Cooley, Sgt. James Kelly and Capt. Gerry Casey. The men have sent greetings to loved ones back in Roscommon through the Roscommon People. 

  Celebrations commenced with Christmas Eve Mass by Chaplain Fr. David Tyndall. This was followed by Christmas Day Mass which was celebrated in the outposts located close to the Israeli border for the Irish soldiers serving with the United Nations in the name of peace. 

  Afterwards Christmas Dinner continued in the tradition of the


Council in appeal to public over household charge and unpaid rates

There was some good festive news for people in Roscommon as a result of the 2013 budget which was agreed by councillors at the annual estimates meeting just before Christmas. 

  A 2% drop in commercial rates was agreed and there is also a freeze on water rates for businesses for 2013. It was also announced at the meeting that street cleaning would resume in Roscommon, Boyle and other towns over the Christmas period and on Sundays in the New Year. To add to the good news it was also announced that the civic amenity centres will open again on


Over 100 farmers on stand-by to help patients in winter

Cllr. Domnick Connolly has warmly welcomed the establishment of Local Response Groups to transfer patients to Roscommon County Hospital in the more adverse weather conditions during the potentially frosty winter months.

  This initiative, established recently by the Roscommon Fora Organisation and Roscommon IFA and in conjunction with An Gardai Siochana, will tackle the problem of bad weather conditions which leave some roads inaccessible to emergency vehicles, with the result that people run the risk of not been able to receive basic healthcare in the event of an accident or emergency in a timely manner.

  To combat this problem,

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